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Tim O'Shei

News reporter Tim O'Shei has been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering pop culture, business, sports, politics and more.


Music

When Eric Church’s camp asked the Brooklyn trio The Lone Bellow to spend a week opening for the country-rock star, lead singer Zach Williams knew who to call. His dad back home in Georgia. “Which of the cousins is listening to Eric Church?” Williams asked his father. The answer was Williams’ cousin John, a trout fisherman on the Chattahoochee River outside Atlanta. “John…

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Eric Church isn’t a guy who likes to color – or write, or sing or play – inside the lines. “He’s found a way to, if not color outside the lines, teeter right on it,” said Travis Meadows, a Nashville-based songwriter who works with Church. “He’s fearless and he knows what he wants to say. And he knows what he won’t say.”Framed by his omnipresent Ray-Bans and rock-tinged vo…

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If you want to burrow deep inside someone’s soul, if you want to know who that person truly is, you can do a couple of things: You can marry ‘em. Or you can write with ‘em. Much as Eric Church fans may love to do either one of those – especially the former – you won’t. (Sorry, all! He’s a taken man by both his wife and his music.) But as Buffalo’s country (and rock) fan…

Local News

Two local television stations have suspended their relationships with “Airborne” Eddy Dobosiewicz after he said on his Twitter account that people protesting in Baltimore following the death of a black man in police custody were “acting like animals” and included a photo of baboons climbing on a car.Dobosiewicz, meanwhile, in an interview Wednesday evening with The Buffalo…

Comedy

Walk into a Kevin Hart show and the warning couldn’t be clearer: Put your cellphone away. Once the lights are dimmed, you can’t text, tweet, talk, shoot pics or take video. Follow the rules or – as the computer printouts taped to every door of First Niagara Center warned – you’ll be booted.“NO REFUNDS,” the signs proclaimed.As Joey Wells, who opened the show along with Na’…

Walk into a Kevin Hart show and the warning couldn’t be clearer: Put your cellphone away. Once the lights are dimmed, you can’t text, tweet, talk, shoot pics or take video. Follow the rules or – as the computer printouts taped to every door of First Niagara Center warned – you’ll be booted.“NO REFUNDS,” the signs proclaimed.As Joey Wells, who opened the show along with Na’…

A few days ago, former “Saturday Night Live” star Tim Meadows was chatting with us by cellphone, casually conversing about the latest iteration of his long comedy career. The interview lasted exactly 29 minutes, 34 seconds.Which is exactly 29 minutes, 34 seconds longer than Kevin Hart had available in that same window of time. What was keeping Hart so busy? Hard to tell, b…

Comedy

Question: After so much time doing improv, sketch and on-camera acting, did anything make you apprehensive about performing stand-up comedy?Answer: It was going to be truer judgment of if I was funny or not, because I didn’t have anybody else to depend on. It was just me and the audience and the material that I had written. So I was like, “(Darn), what if I’m not funny?” T…

Comedy

A few days ago, former “Saturday Night Live” star Tim Meadows was chatting with us by cellphone, casually conversing about the latest iteration of his long comedy career. The interview lasted exactly 29 minutes, 34 seconds.Which is exactly 29 minutes, 34 seconds longer than Kevin Hart had available in that same window of time. What was keeping Hart so busy? Hard to tell, b…

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Listening rooms are largely a Nashville thing. So much so that many people in these parts may not even know exactly what a listening room is. But a country music listening room – or an auditorium-sized version of it, at least – is exactly what was created Wednesday night with the WYRK Acoustic Show in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. The two-hour concert fe…

Lifestyles

Sometimes it just bores into your brain. You can’t shake it, shoo it, shun it.It’s stuck.That’s what happened to Jason Cordova three years ago, when he took over his then-ailing father’s Niagara Falls company. A fit former Army captain with windswept short brown hair and the soft facial features of a “Friends”-era Matt LeBlanc, Cordova, 40, is strong, disciplined. Someone …

Cellino & Barnes may have the “stickiest” of all jingles: It’s simple, quick, ubiquitous – and as Fredonia State professor Rob Deemer pointed out to me, there are five notes tagged to the end of the jingle (at the 0:07 mark in this video) that make sure you remember the name of the firm. Jingles can be annoyingly sticky, even for the people who write them. After Antho…

Lifestyles

Musicians have a word for jingles: “sticky.” But the stickiest jingles don’t need to be masterful musical compositions. Sometimes they needn’t even be in tune. A visit to the office of Rob Deemer reveals why.Deemer, 44, is an associate professor and the head of the composition department in SUNY Fredonia’s School of Music. He has a baritone voice that lends an authoritativ…

Jingles are dead.Not everyone will agree with him, but that’s the belief of Joel Beckerman, author of The Sonic Boom (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).Beckerman doesn’t think music is dead. Quite the opposite: He’s a longtime composer for television shows and the founder of Man Made Music, which specializes in “sonic branding” for businesses. “Sound evokes really powerful …

Lifestyles

Ben Parr is in the attention business. The journalist-turned-entrepreneur-turned author is offering his take on what cuts through the media clutter in the book Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, released this month by HarperOne.Through research and interviews with top executives and media figures, Parr identified seven attention-grabbing “triggers.” …